The retina is one of the most important parts of the human eye. If you consider the eye is like a camera, the retina is like the film of the camera. Light images hit the retina and the retina sends those signals to the brain. The retina is, in fact, living nerve tissue that is part of the human brain.
If the retina stops functioning to it full capacity, then vision can be effected. Diabetes can effect the function of the retina, by interfering with the normal circulation of blood within the retina. This can lead to hemorrhage, broken blood vessels and swelling of the retina. In very severe cases, abnormal blood vessels can begin to grow on the retina and the retina may become detached.
At Burlington County Eye Physicians, we have a Board certified retinal specialist who can monitor and treat patients with diabetic retinopathy.
Patients with diabetes require a complete eye examination including a retina evaluation every year. Patients with active diabetic retinopathy require more frequent visits.
To make an appointment with our retinal specialist Dr. Vincent Sardi, please contact our office: 609-87-2800